Renee Meyer, Manager of Volunteer Services & Community Integration for St. Clare Hospital has been caught in the act of… Keeping Lakewood’s Promise.
For 20 years, Renee has been a part of the Franciscan Health System starting out as an administrative assistant to the administrator. Her talents, however, guided her into leadership of the volunteer program networking with the community in many capacities & The Lakewood Chamber, Clover Park Rotary and Lakewood’s Promise (where she has chaired the Marketing/Sustainability Committee, been a Caught In the Act Committee member, attended an America’s Promise National Conference and brought back valuable ideas from other communities).
Renee brought Health Adventures to the South Sound. It is a program endorsed by her professional organization of volunteers, but she has developed it beyond the national program format. She grew the program to include community partnerships with the Police and Fire departments. But more importantly, she provided the youth in Lakewood an opportunity to learn more about the health care field. Today, more than 100 students (with 100 mentors) have completed the year long program. Health Adventures is part of St. Clare Hospital’s commitment to Lakewood’s Promise. Cops and Docs is another endeavor coordinated by Renee. This is a partnership with Lakewood Police Department geared for middle-schoolers. It teaches eighth graders the consequences of weapon violence and the necessity of reporting bullying.
Renee and her husband live on their 40- foot sail boat. When her husband retired last year he sailed their home to the Caribbean and when Renee retires from St. Clare Hospital on Dec. 1 they plan to sail the eastern seaboard and visit land to play an occasional round of golf! According to Dianna Kielian, Senior Vice President of Mission for the Franciscan Health System, “Renee has been a solid thread in the tapestry of St. Clare Hospital. Her steadfastness and dedication will be missed.”
Renee Meyer is an example of a Caring Adult in a child’s life, providing marketable skills through effective education. She receives the traveling Red Wagon, a symbol of Lakewood’s Promise of people pulling their weight to help the youth in Lakewood. Lakewood’s Promise mission is to mobilize people from every sector of life in Lakewood to build the character and competence of our youth by fulfilling these Five Promises:
– Caring Adults & Provide ongoing relationships with caring adults – parents, mentors, tutors and coaches
– Safe Places & Provide safe places with structured activities during non-school hours
– Healthy Start & Provide all the elements leading to good physical/mental health for a healthy future
– Marketable Skills & Provide marketable skills through effective education
– Opportunities to Serve & Provide youth with opportunities to serve in their community
Lakewood’s Community Collaboration, made up of over 100 human service organizations, service clubs, businesses, individuals and public entities presents each month a “Caught In The Act & of Keeping Lakewood’s Promise” Award to an individual or organization that has quietly performed an outstanding deed for a family/child in the City of Lakewood.